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Michael

Costa Mesa, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5581)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2240)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I don't understand the hype about this book. It was extremely difficult to get through. I started listening to this book several months ago and only got through an hour before giving up on it. Then I found out that it was an "Oprah's Book Club" selection, so I decided to give it another listen. It was just as I had remembered. Dull, with no plot. A man and a boy wandering. What is their purpose? Where are they going? If you have kids, you know how they like to ask annoying questions and whine. And that's all this boy does the entire book. "Where are we going? Are they the bad guys? What are we going to eat? I'm cold. Why can't I come with you?" Please use your money to get another audio book from this site. There are plenty of fine ones.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13056)
    Performance
    (5504)
    Story
    (5571)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Pretty good, but not that exciting"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this audiobook. The tale was told well although it wasn't that exciting. The narrators are excellent - there is one narrator for the young Jacob and one for the older Jacob. The young Jacob narrator does a great job of changing his voice to imitate the various characters in the circus. Water for Elephants reads like a fictional memoir.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names...and believing it makes it true.

    Oscar says: "Just OK for me."
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    I found the most interesting part of the audiobook were the anecdotes that Seth Godin tells about real-life companies. The Riedel wine glass story that opens the book is hilarious. As a marketer, I learned a lot from this book, even if it was, at times, a little dry.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sahara

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (16)

    Michael Palin is off again, this time to the seemingly desolate Sahara Desert. There's no easy way across, as he and his team discover on their most challenging expedition yet.

    David says: "A wonderful journey."
    "Couldn't finish it"
    Overall

    This is the only audiobook which I couldn't finish. I got about three hours in. There wasn't much excitement, and I didn't learn much about the cultures. I didn't know that the traveling was done in modern days...the audiobook I listened to prior to this was "Endurance," which was a lot more exciting. Sahara seemed to be more of a documentary than an adventure.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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